Going For More sprinted to an early lead and outlasted a late challenge to win Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.
The Slew City Slew filly broke quickly on the outside and entered the first turn about three paths off the rail. She was followed by Harlan Trace and post time favorite Paris Prayer, but the leader was soon putting distance between herself and her foes as they went through the turn. Going For More entered the backstretch about a length ahead of Harlan Trace and a tightly bunched pack. That margin held up along the straightaway, as Let Me Doit also advanced to a length behind the leader on the rail.
Going For More started to gain separation from her rivals heading into the final turn, and entered the bend with a length and a half advantage. Meanwhile, Paris Prayer began her rally from the back of the second flight and soon challenged Harlan Trace for second place. Going For More swung wide coming out of the bend and was quickly approached by Paris Prayer coming up the rail. The pair battled down the stretch, with Paris Prayer coming within a neck of Going For More’s lead, but she could not get past the winner, who outkicked the runner-up in the deep stretch under strong urging from jockey Ronald Allen, Jr. to win by a half length. Waxies Willie finished 13 1/4 lengths behind Paris Prayer for third.
Going For More completed the one mile race in 1:44.54 over a fast dirt surface. She was the field’s second choice at odds of 2.60-to-one.
Homebred in Michigan by Michael McQuade, Going For More was saddled by Gerald Bennett. The race was her second straight win from three starts, and her first blacktype score. Going for More’s career earnings now total $37,080.
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6 – Going For More (Ronald Allen, Jr.) 7.20 / 3.20 / 3.20
4 – Paris Prayer (Tommy Molina) 3.00 / 3.20
7 – Waxies Willie (Augusto Marin) 4.40